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Permanently Closed - ink.well

4.5
248 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. On the pinnacle of the LA dining scene, ink.well offers expanded bar seating and walk-in availability seven nights a week. Featuring modern California cuisine, ink.well features all the excitement and creativity Voltaggio has become known for; from beef tartare to gluten free pastas, satisfying vegetarian dishes, and for the first time at any of his restaurants, a burger which is worth the trip alone!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(310) 358-9058
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Voltaggio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Monica
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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We were sad when Ink closed, but now Ink.well in West Hollywood is doing many of the same great dishes in a more casual, approachable setting.

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1.0Dined on April 18, 2018

It was closed

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was closed.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food, while creative, didn't taste great and was ultimately bland except for the cuttlefish noodles.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I came for my birthday and reserved two weeks ahead of time. Booths are tight (and we're slender people) would have preferred a table elsewhere in the restaurant. Music was loud and hopped around a lot of genres of music, it felt like you were listening to a friends playlist (but not in a good way). Service was the worst I've ever had at a upper dining establishment. Waiters need to be trained. Food was good, I came as a long time fan of ink. Would recommend coming for the food and just sitting at the bar.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We've been big fans of Ink, the previous WeHo restaurant because of the outstanding creative food and atmosphere. Since the current restaurant opened, we've been several times and have had good experiences. The food never disappoints. The only negative about our experience was the fact that we were definitely being rushed to leave when it was clearly time for them to turn the table. Our reservation was at 6:45 and by 9:00 we were basically asked to leave in so many words. After every course (it's a small plate format mostly) before we were finished with the dish, the waiter tried to clear the plate. This happened several times to the point where it became annoying. When it was time for another cocktail or glass of wine, the waiter asked if we wanted another cocktail with the check in his hand. Being rushed to leave by the waitstaff has happened before to us before too which leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. I'd recommend a later reservation if you don't want to feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I enjoyed everything I had here! The grilled olives, the burger, the potatoes, the beet salad, it was all so flavorful.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Aufgrund einer Empfehlung haben wir INK Well besucht und wurden nicht enttäuscht.
Das Essen war außergewöhnlich und excellent. Besonders die Desserts sind super lecker gewesen.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We are big fans of Chef Voltaggio, and the food did not disappoint. The service was excellent and Chef even spent some time with us.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very dark, you don’t see what’s on your plate. Food is so-so, will not go there anymore

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Awesome meal- I had the burger and charcoal potatoes. I really didn’t expect a burger could have such complex and balanced flavors. Was visiting LA for work and was pumped to try Chef Michael Voltaggio’s food. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Service was great, ambiance was great. Overall, a really cool experience and highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been remiss in not thinking of ink well right away for special occasion dining. They have fabulous food which I still think about days after the meal. Every bite is an explosion of flavor and such creative pairing, well executed and so tasty. This restaurant is for foodies and I am so glad I've rediscovered ink well because I will keep coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

First time to new location. Similar modern food but more approachable. Just as good as old place if not better. Interior is also great. Win win all around. Not super busy so i hope it can still hang around for awhile. Def worth going back

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service was great and food was inspired but it was inconsistently season - some parts were over salted and others complety under seasoned . The dishes also came out too quickly so some of the food got cold at our table.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a great meal here on my first visit; Not so much on my second. What impressed me the most the first time was how each, individual dish was introduced and presented to the table, to be savored and enjoyed before the next one arrived.

My second experience felt much more rushed and less special. Despite ordering an array of dishes, the waiter plunked virtually all of them down on our table at once, overwhelming us and diminishing our enjoyment of each dish. A few even got cold as we worked our way to get to them.

I should have said something, but just a warning to any patrons looking to maximize their experience here. The food is wonderful and creative. It is meant to be savored. Don't let the restaurant rush you!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We enjoyed ink.well- I’m a fan of interesting small plates and this restaurant delivered! Would highly recommend

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Service was excellent. Some of the dishes were very good, some did not meet their creative aspirations. Some just failed. The place is sleek but without a personality the bartender made a wonderful Mezcal cocktail.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

First time at Michael Voltagio's new restaurant on La Cienega -- very nice (actually beautiful) space, comfortable, great, friendly and knowledgeable service and the food -- excellent, and this was on a Monday night when we suspected Voltagio was probably not there. We had 6 dishes for the 2 of us, probably 1 or maybe 2 more than we needed but ate every morsel. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We saw it on the the Food Network show “best thing I ever ate.” It did not disappoint and we are definitely ready to go back. Absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Interior of the restaurant is bland. Food was good but not great and was expecting great. Service is great our waiter was awesome.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The new location truly disappoints. It doesn’t even compare to the original. The food was terrible. I will not be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

While the food was outstanding (especially the dill pickles shrimp, the Baja sea bass, and the fries that came with the short rib), we came away unsatisfied due in large part to the pacing of the food. It felt as though the goal was to rush us out of the restaurant as fast as possible. The dishes came out of the kitchen at such a fast pace that we finished our meal in less than an hour. When we asked why, we were told that the restaurant never wants the diners to be without food. That is absurd. It is fine to have time to enjoy the ambiance in between dishes. And, we certainly were NEVER without more than one dish of food. We also were told the dishes at the top of the menu were only a few bites, which was not the case and led us to over-order. We so wish the total experience had matched the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We absolutely loved the Calamari, Cuttlefish Dan Dan Noodles, Corn off the Cob, Hamachi Crudo, Burger, and Apple dessert. I liked the Kurobuta Pork Shoulder, though my friends didn’t like it as much. We would never order the Cauliflower Shawarma again. It was cool to see Chef Voltaggio at the restaurant. Would definitely dine there again.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food was amazing! How can French fries be that good?! Staff was so friendly and accommodating. Loved sitting outside, but when it began drizzling, staff immediately found us a table inside.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This was a first visit. We were celebrating a master’s graduation and birthday. When I called to make a reservation, I requested something special for my guests. The staff went way beyond. They made us a menus with my guests name on it and the chef signed it. We got to view the kitchen and they comped several desserts. The food was excellent, unique and beautiful. It was a wonderful surprise and we were all intrigued with each course as they came. We are from San Diego. It was well worth the drive.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This restaurant was a lot of fun. They do small plates so each person can order a couple different items. The food was delicious and very creative. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The cauliflower dish was amazing! I've never had anything like it, but hope to again. But don't get the horseradish goat cheese beets unless you LOVE horseradish--the horseradish was incredibly strong. It ruined the dish for us.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The flavor combinations were unexpected and delicious when eaten together but if eaten separately disappointed so make sure you get everything in each bite.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We are an older couple and went to Inkwell for a higher numbered anniversary. Went because of reputation of chef and all that we have heard about ink and now inkwell. Not disappointed. We go out a lot, and the staff at inkwell is about the best we have ever shared a meal with, Engaged and engaging and not hovering. Knowledgeable, informative and ready with their own opinions about menu items. Three of the four items ordered were spectacular. The burger was one of the best three I have ever had. So rich and tasty that I could only eat half. Interesting sense of humor. Look at the bun to see what I think is very interesting. The charred potatoes, well, just order them. If you are disappointed in any way, call us and we will come finish them for you. The salmon was terrific as well. Some of the menu items are tongue-in-cheeked, for example a fermented cucumber is a pickle and an egg emulsion really is a mayonnaise. It's good to see that chef has a sense of naming humor. The frisee salad was interesting and not of our taste. Oh, the desert we had was other-worldly. Who knew that whopper crusts and fruit would be so good. And remember, the staff are all really nice people form the parking lot attendant, to reception to the server and wait staff. WE will go back again, and then again.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This restaurant just gets better and better! Everything we had was amazing! That burger is perfection!

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

First off the service was excellent. Though the food was good it wasn't outstanding.
I thought they were trying a little too hard. They over used the frozen cheese, frosting? etc.
which was interesting at first but got gimmicky as the different plates came out.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food may be the best in the city. The drinks are creative & delicious. The staff is kind & very attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This was my first visit to the New location and it did not disappoint. The food was still amazing and i was glad to see my egg yolk gnocchi was still on the menu!! I really could order three bowls of that and lick the bowl its just that good!!! The service was outstanding like always and the attention to detail was on point. My orders came out in a timely manner and for the final course I ended with the Wagyu short rib which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by the mashed potatoes. I did have the Apple at the end which is deconstructed apple pie in which every bite harmoniously comes together for a taste you have to try. I have nothing bad to say this is one of my favorite restaurants period!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My boyfriend and I were in town for a quick weekend and after much research we decided to go with Inkwell. IT WAS Amazing. Our server was Vincent and he did a great job leading us through the tasting menu. We order 6 different food items and wash were spectacular. I’m still having wet dreams about “Beets by Michael.” Also, my SO and I aren’t not into sweet treats but we Loved the Mexican Chocolate. Perfect date night spot!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

In a few words, you don't get nearly what you pay for. Food was good, not great, based on the pricing and reputation - it is a true test on those who just want a good meal and not pay $100 each. Incredible.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Not really surprised as it was uneventful

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Loved this place! Everything about it from the interior space to the cocktails, wine and food. I'll go back again and again. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive and had great recommendations for which plates to order and how many. If you like meat, the pork shoulder and wagyu shortrib are not be missed.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

New space is gross.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Is there such a thing as too good service? The staff was excellent and we felt pampered. Food was excellent, creative, and delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was an absolutely amazing food experience. We started with the crab which looks simple but has so much flavor. The hamachi crudo smells as good as it taste. The short ribs with sour kraut is the most strange and delicious combination. We loved every moment and bite!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food was amazing! Our server made the night fantastic. The food is a good value, but the quality and presentation are amazing. We had the potatoes, which you would think would be simple, but they were the best potatoes in the world! I actually ordered the apple dessert twice and ate both!
Great cocktail list. Servers were knowledgeable and very friendly and down to earth. Chef Voltaggio wasn't there that night, but he is frequently there and the food totally lives up to the reputation. I can't wait to go back!

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